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    Default 1970s Dodge Tradesman kustom van

    I really need another unfinished project hanging around until i can figure out some type of parts because i'm too stubborn to just buy a kit of something everyone else has...

    I seem to like Vans.
    A guy over on Scale4x4 posted up his upcoming next amazing van project, and mentioned that some other guy was drawing parts, guess he goes by pintopower around these parts. Then a bit later a Tamiya Lunchbox body, with glass and chrome trees showed up in my mail. That body wasn't easily adaptable to any donors i have hanging around. Looking into that somehow turned into me getting a set of 1/16 scale AMC Pacers, and finding another message board to bother people.

    A friend of mine was showing me some cad things he was making, and how excited he was to be getting a new tame robot friend. With his newly housebroken robot, it was soon pooping out some scenery for his Dungeons&Dragons adventures. I asked if his magical pooping robot might be able to push out some things for me.

    I ordered some electrons to feed it from here:

    Chassis
    https://www.myminifactory.com/object...wpl-cars-96208
    Wheels
    https://www.myminifactory.com/object...slot-mag-96209
    Grill
    https://www.myminifactory.com/object...-bumpers-96206
    I'm not a shill, it just took me a while to find this. I'll delete links and references to that place if needed.
    Or there's a shapeways store that also includes several other parts.

    Then a while later he starts bringing some robot poop to sift through


    His robot is small enough it shouldn't be too destructive when google skynet takes over, so i had to splice the chassis halves together.


    Wpl trans mount goes into chassis mounts, square it up, chassis melts together, chassis goes into body. It all fits like it's supposed to.


    Tamiya Lunchbox is supposedly a 1976-77 Dodge Tradesman.
    So current plan is a Street Van: street ride height, cool rims, fancy paint, and bubble windows. Find something in hobby shop to hopefully Cut&Shut into some maybe 50-70 series looking tires. Not sure if it needs a body kit or flares. No murals, but probably a paneled and stripey paint job. It involves wpl 1/16 truck axles and trans, I'd like to go just RWD instead of 4wd. Maybe some lights later, probably a bluetooth speaker, maybe even some extra servos to do some odd things.

    One huge benefit of the Lunchbox is the body has been made since 1987 and you can get it everywhere. Easily swappable bodies pull 4 screws, and change your outlook man. Today i'm going 70s Vanning in the Shaggin Wagon, tomorrow it might be a work van, maybe i can even get a model 'Possum Van' signed if Red Green does another tour...

    Keep the positive waves. There's gonna be a bridge.

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    Love it! That's a nice little chassis Ampro whipped up. He's a great Vendor here and this looks like a fun project. Vans are cool, as we all know.

    Keep going!
    SBG OWNER YOUTUBE AXIAL AMBASSADOR GCM TEAM DRIVER VANQUISH KNIGHT CUSTOMS TEAM

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    I'm in.
    smallfactorystudio on instagram / lone wolf / doer of many things

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    When i think 70s there's: long haired women, a lot of questionable fashions, epa choked engines, strange color choices, and the muppets.

    Muppets have wiggly eyes, so my van should probably have some wiggly eyes too


    Well where else can you find several sizes of bubble windows ready to go, after ya cut out the backing?

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    That chassis looks pretty awesome.
    And a Googly-eyed Muppet van would be fantastic!
    Keep up the great work.
    If you build it, We will watch!

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    Yeah it's a pretty nice setup so far. I wasn't sure, some forums were pretty harsh about linking to stuff

    Buckle up, I can't promise a great build but it'll at least be different. And probably weird.

    Ya know, I could see painting like Animal with an eye as the window, and then have the rest of the Electric Mayhem all over it...

    Playing around with some Molotow paint on the bumper. Mostly cleaned grill, wish my friends robot had printed it pretty side up.


    Did a little cut&shut on some Lego 62.4x20 tires trying for a more 'street' look than the rc4wd ones Ampro designed around. Uh, from their specs, looks like i shaved a whole 0.030 tire height from his offroad van. Hmm.



    Van-girl said it needed more windows, so we're now at 4 bubble window portholes. Leaving the stock sunroof vent thing, unless she says it needs to have a flat sunroof.

    This post brought to you by the largest tire manufacturer in the world, Lego.

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    Now that is a great idea, the chassis looks great and the bubble windows....Awesome!

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    Thank you! I'm glad this plan is doing it for you too.

    The donor for this was a wpl toyota style truck with full bed and shell.
    Started to put it together with metal ballend upgrade links on the trimmed & drilled stock Plastic 4-link setup.
    The rear shock towers came back off, and some stiffened printer support matrix got melted to the chassis intead, and the shock pass-through holes got bigger for some reason...



    Front end could still use a bit more chrome work, but it's not looking too bad for first coat. My pens weren't playing well that day.

    The trans uses the lower mount holes to keep the stock short plastic driveshafts together. Ground clearance is good, and i don't care about Break-over angle on this.

    I cut out the bottom of steering servo mount, clearanced the rear chassis crossmember where the upper links hit. Back tires tuck ok. Front just really doesn't want to drop, so i'm probably going to raise the bottom of that servo mount up higher.
    It's almost like this chassis was desiged as an off-roader instead of street-machine.

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    Yo dog, we heard you really like vans...
    So we got ya a Van, so you can go Vanning, while you're Vanning, in your Vans.





    Zipzap / Bit-Char G clone chassis stretched to a 1970s Tyco slotcar body Ford Econoline with some extra detailing. I built it in 2018 to try to hype up a zombie of a message board for a 'just build something' contest i ran...that nobody at all entered.

    I should have had a 1/14 scale person with a pistol TX in the pic, but they don't stand well on my white background.

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    Ya know, it's getting all 70s in here.

    Closer to a StreetVan ride height. This grille and bumper does it for me more than that tamiya one


    Wait, what?


    Gotta have an Articulation pic here right?

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